Every Thursday morning, 7:00 a.m., Brothers Family Restaurant


Club Meeting - August 10, 2017

Chris Holbrook, the owner/operator of our new Grocery Outlet in Allied Gardens, stopped in this morning to thank us for our support at the Grand Opening of the store last Saturday. Chris reports that they have been very busy and have been well-received by the community. Joining us as well, were Paul and Joi Vogel. We met the Vogels this weekend at the  Concert in the Park and they decided to pay us a visit! We are glad they came and hope we see them again soon!

Plans are underway for our next big event, the Passport to Life. On August 18, we will be serving lunch for over one thousand attendees and staff. The event is designed to help give young people who have been caught up in in the criminal justice system the tools they need to build a successful and fulfilling life. We are proud to be part of this innovative program that has already helped so many of our at-risk youth.

When our Kiwanian of the Day, Gary Blume, collected Happy Dollars, we were glad to hear that member Jim Akin’s  Benchmark Brewery recently won the Sore Eye Cup Award for the Best Beer (oatmeal stout) in San Diego! Also, we discovered that we have an outstanding opera venue right here in Allied Gardens. Opera NEO is a summer opera festival and workshop designed to create innovative, high quality performances. This weekend they will perform Armide by C. W. Gluck. It take place at the Palisades Amphitheater, the open air theater at the Palisades Presbyterian Church on Birchwood. Several of us have plans to attend this Saturday.

After a delicious Brothers Restaurant breakfast, Gary had the pleasure of introducing our long-time friend and fellow Kiwanian, Gary Jander. Gary is a member of the Kiwanis Youth Development and Support (KYDS) Club of San Diego, and served as Governor of the Cal-Nev-Ha Kiwanis District in 2012-13. Gary joined us this morning to share with us information about the highly successful Key Leader Program.  

Key Leader is a weekend experiential leadership program for today's young leaders. This life-changing event focuses on service leadership as the first, most meaningful leadership-development experience. A Key Leader will learn the most important lesson of leadership—it comes from helping others succeed. Participants begin by attending a Key Leader conference, which is a weekend retreat. Large and small group workshops, discussions and team-building activities take place over the course of the weekend. Students have opportunities to learn leadership skills that will help them to change their schools, communities, and world for the better.

The Key Leader program is built on five essential principles. These principles reflect our mission to inspire young people to achieve their personal best through service leadership:

  • Personal Integrity: Doing the right thing 
  • Personal Growth: Developing in mind, body, and spirit 
  • Respect: Showing consideration for self, others, and property 
  • Building Community: Developing relationships to achieve positive goals 
  • Pursuit of Excellence: Expecting and achieving the best

While exploring leadership in a whole new way, participants will make amazing new friends and have experiences they will never forget. Positive, ongoing interaction with other Key Leader graduates offers continuing reinforcement, encouragement and growth of leadership skills.

Since April 2005 Key Leader has served more than 28,000 students. Our local event will take place in Julian on October 20, 21 and 22. Our club is  proud of our ongoing sponsorship of this important program and are grateful for members like Gary who make it all possible!

                                   Gary Jander (l.) and Gary Blume proudly support the children in our community!

                                          Key Leaders making friends and learning skills that will last a lifetime!